Media Thursday: a change in direction…

Ohayo, Bardophile-san!

[feelin’ my half-Japanese roots today, I s’pose]

It’s Thursday, so it’s “Media Day”… and I don’t have a piece of Shakespeare-related media to review–though I did catch bits and pieces of the 1936 film with Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard…and wow… it’s a little off-putting to a 34 year-old Shearer playing the not-quite 14 year-old Juliet, and damned disturbing to see a 43 year-old Howard as Romeo (though it was a little better than John Barrymore’s 54 [but trying to be 24]) year-old Mercutio [note: Branagh’s recent stage version had Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, but that age difference was played for subtext]. From what I saw, Basil Rathbone’s Tybalt was ok…but let’s just say it hasn’t aged well.

ANYwhooo… what we’re really about today…

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Welcome to my nightmare…

OK, so you know I’ve been working on my Nightmare Engine, or whatever I’m calling it today (I can’t settle on a moniker yet). And last weekend, I built a stand for it…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, June 11th, 2018

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This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project
This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project

This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes the Shakespeare’s new contemporaries, Ethan Hawke, and Tom Hanks as Falstaff. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Audition (breakdown, go ahead…give it to me)

Wednesday, I posted an audition piece I created last summer that combined both comic and dramatic beats in a single thematically related speech. A little bit of Parolles from All’s Well That Ends Well and a central speech of Angelo’s from Measure for Measure, and both dealing with the conceivable loss of virginity.

Today, I want to share some dramaturgical choices made in the construction of it…

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Media Thursday (kinda): new (old) plays to read…

So, not really a review for today’s Media Thursday.

Instead, I’ll share two plays I’ll be reading over the summer.

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A different audition monologue…

Monday, I posted some female audition monologues. Today, I’m going to do something a little different.

Last year, I was prepping to audition for two Shakespearean plays, and for each they wanted a monologue that displayed both comedic and dramatic skills, all within two minutes.

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, June 4th, 2018

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This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project
This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project

This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes the good, the Bard, and the ugly, Netflix, and a boatload of reviews. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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